Megaesophagus is a condition in which the esophagus is enlarged and cannot properly propel food from the throat down to the stomach. Megaesophagus occurs less frequently in cats than in dogs. Pneumonia caused by inhaling pieces of food is a common complication of megaesophagus. Although the condition can appear suddenly in mature animals, it is most common in young animals shortly after weaning. It is inherited in Wirehaired Fox Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, and possibly others.
Important Points in Treatment
1. Barium x-ray studies are often necessary to diagnose this condition. Both surgical and medical therapy may be used in treatment of megaesophagus, but cures are uncommon. The doctor will discuss the prognosis (medical forecast) for your pet.